Coronation of the Virgin with Saints Joseph and Francis of Assisi

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Coronation of the Virgin with Saints Joseph and Francis of Assisi


Giulio Cesare Procaccini (Italian (Bolognese), 1574 - 1625)




about 1604 - 1607


Oil on panel


97.5 × 72.4 cm (38 3/8 × 28 1/2 in.)

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Borne aloft by two angels, the Virgin is crowned Queen of Heaven by Christ and God the Father. Below, Joseph on the left and Saint Francis on the right, identified by the stigmata on his open right hand, kneel and pose dramatically. Giulio Cesare Procaccini's figures are symmetrically positioned, giving balance to the composition, although the compressed bodies appear almost too large for the space they occupy.

Swirling, shimmering draperies of brilliant pinks, yellows, blues, and violets enliven the composition and accentuate the otherworldliness of the subject matter. In comparison to the individualized faces of the saints below, the gestures and faces of the holy figures above are idealized.

Procaccini bridged two stylistic periods in this painting. His virtuoso handling of paint and heightened emotionalism display Baroque tendencies, while his large, graceful figures and brilliant palette are holdovers from the Mannerist period.

about 1940s - 1950s

De Jong Family (Brussels, Belgium; Paris, France), by inheritance to Jacques Henri de Jong, 1950s.

1950s - about 1979

Jacques Henri de Jong (Geneva, Switzerland), sold to Jean-Pierre Selz, about 1979.

about 1979 - 1983

Jean-Pierre Selz (Paris, France; New York, New York), sold to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1983.

Procaccini in America (October 15 to November 23, 2002)
  • Hall & Knight Ltd (US), October 15 to November 23, 2002

"Acquisitions/1983." The J. Paul Getty Museum Journal 12 (1984), p. 308.

Jaffé, David. Summary Catalogue of European Paintings in the J. Paul Getty Museum (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1997), p. 100, ill.

Brigstocke, Hugh. Procaccini in America. Nicholas H.J. Hall, ed. (New York and London: Hall & Knight, 2002), pp. 19, 21, 76-79, 161, no. 2, pl. 25.